when artists discovered HTML

Complete the (part 1) tutorial on netnet. In this tutorial we'll be introduced to the movement, who, in the mid 1990s, were among the first artists to migrate their practices over to the new medium of the World Wide Web. We'll also take a close look at the HTML code behind one early piece of by self proclaimed "artivist" (artist + activist), Heath Bunting who was among the first wave of artists to embrace the Web as a space for artistic interventions. His piece King's Cross Phone In (1994), is one of his earliest, and most written about, pieces of ""

In this work, the web was used to transform a commuter hub, King's Cross train station (London), into a venue for social and musical spectacles.

Rachel Greene

Complete the (part 2) tutorial on netnet. For many artists, the Web was a means to an end. As we discussed in the last tutorial, for (Heath Bunting, Kayle Brandon, Rachel Baker, etc.) it was a tool for "hacktivist" intervention, for others like Shu Lea Cheang it was a new means to "explore the construction and perception of identity" (Tribe/Jana) and for others, like Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher a space to experiment with new forms of collaboration and participatory art. But the Web was also a new medium and for many artists, discovering, and perhaps also defining, what that meant was the most exciting part. What would be the Web's inherent features? it's aesthetics? it's dynamics? it's conventions? tropes? cliches? strengths? weaknesses? In this tutorial we'll look at a couple of different responses to this question by early net artists: and "Form Art".

The mistake is nothing wrong, the computer keeps working. Something wrong still works, there's nothing wrong with something wrong.


Create a netnet project experimenting with HTML. At the end of each HTML tutorial I give suggestions for what these experiments can be, for example:

Make sure to: